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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 18, 2011 6:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: An Alabama Slammer

Have not listened to this one in quite a while. '77 shows usually can't hold my attention for very long, but I'm really digging Tuscaloosa tonight!

This show seems particularly relevant to a number of recent topics of discussion here...

A great Half-Step (Micah), a killer Scarlet> Fire (Zaorish), and as Elbow just pointed out, likely one of Donna Jean's shining moments with the band (turnphilup).

I don't know if 5/17/77 is considered the "Southern Barton Hall" (DeadATL). Tuscaloosa has a much different vibe than Barton. However, the first set is certainly one of the best of '77! I personally don't think it's quite up to par with the very best performances of the year. I score it at 98 pts (both Barton and Richmond are 100 pts, Dekalb and Pembroke Pines are 99 pts), but it's certainly an excellent show and likely a top-ten of 1977.

5/17/77 rocks from start to finish. The sound quality is superb and virtually every track of the exciting song-list is extremely well played. There are way too many highlights to list but Jack Straw, Jack-A-Roe (likely a best ever performance), Estimated Prophet and the Playin'-> Drums-> Wharf Rat-> Playin' suite are also worth mentioning.

Perhaps not as fine as Barton, it's still a dynamite show...


5/17/77 Memorial Coliseum U of Alabama - Tuscaloosa, AL

I) Minglewood Blues, Mississippi Half Step-> El Paso, They Love Each Other, Jack Straw, Jack A Roe, Looks Like Rain, Tennessee Jed, Passenger, High Time, Big River, Sunrise, Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain

II) Samson & Delilah, Bertha, Good Lovin', Brown Eyed Women, Estimated Prophet, Terrapin Station-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Wharf Rat-> Playin' In The Band E: Sugar Magnolia

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-05-17.sbd.weiner.18554.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jan 18, 2011 7:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An Alabama Slammer

All of 1977 was great! The band was on fire and had a renewed sense of purpose and the vocal harmonies were strong.

Attended the Chicago May 12th Auditorium Theatre performance because they announced the next evening would be broadcast on the radio.

The reports from the May 77 Southeast Tour Performances were bubbling with enthusiasm.

The Dekalb 10/29/77 was spontaneous, they announced the show the same day in-between Kansas City and Indy. Great performance, just as the Normal Show the following year.

Rock was a creative and inventive individual who could turn on a dime when petitioned.

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Jan 19, 2011 4:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An Alabama Slammer

Not a huge fan of '77, but this show is up there with the best of the year imo (possibly the best 1st set). 1/2 Step, Terrapin, Scarlet > Fire, and Sugar Mag are all top notch for the year, and a number of the little tunes are above average, including LLR, High Time, and Jed. Yes, a strong Tennessee Jed in this one. If you skipped it, and you probably did, go back and give it a spin.

Think the Jack-a-Roe is better the next evening though, and I don't like the 2nd set song selection.

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Poster: Chiney Cat Date: Jan 19, 2011 9:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An Alabama Slammer

Quote: "A great Half-Step (Micah), a killer Scarlet> Fire (Zaorish), and as Elbow just pointed out, likely one of Donna Jean's shining moments with the band (turnphilup)"

Wasn't this Donna Jean's first performance in front of the "home folks"? Tuscaloosa is only a couple hours away from her roots in the Muscle Shoals area. It seems the band may have been giving her an opportunity to "shine" if you think about the song selection in the show.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 18, 2011 7:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An Alabama Slammer

When I read the thread title I said to myself, 'Why the hell is CH talking about Alabama Getaway?'

I will tentatively venture back into '77, as I just listened to a bunch of 1/2 steps from that year. I was listening to one date in particular, thinking that this is musically perfect, but why am I so bored?

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Poster: billydlions Date: Jan 18, 2011 7:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An Alabama Slammer

Cliff, I hope you enjoyed your time in Florida. It's been a cold winter this year and perhaps not the best fishing conditions.

I do enjoy the first set from this show however the 2nd set is not on par with the better shows from 1977. Perhaps if they saved the Scarlet-Fire I would have a different opinion...

Isn't this the Jack-a-Roe that Phil included on Fallout from the Phil Zone? My favorite version is the acoustic performance on 10-10-80.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 19, 2011 4:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An Alabama Slammer

Cold Florida = Lots of Sailfish

It is the Jack-A-Roe from from Fallout. Another good electric performance was on 5/15/77 in St. Louis.

Have you heard the jammed out acoustic Jac-A-Roe from New Orleans on 10/19/80? It's not as tight as 10/10/80 but the instrumental breaks are longer...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd80-10-19.set1-aud.vernon.16908.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 18, 2011 6:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An Alabama Slammer

all right ... maybe this can lure me away from JGB. Love Jack a Roe.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Jan 19, 2011 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An Alabama Slammer

Excellent observations, Clifford (and while away from homebase, no less). This is one of my favorite Dixie shows. I was going to listen to the new Barton Hall today while drafting bills but believe I will jump forward in my time machine to this week. Thanks for the prompt.

TOOTMO

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Poster: deyzof49 Date: Jan 19, 2011 7:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An Alabama Slammer

A diamond show Cliff. Just finished the first set and reluctantly climb from the comfort of my hammock.